A Social History of the World’s Most Popular Musical

Phantom of the Opera: A Social History of the World’s Most Popular Musical

Praeclarus Press is pleased to announce Dr. Kathleen Kendall-Tackett’s new book, Phantom of the Opera: A Social History of the World’s Most Popular Musical, which documents controversies around the stage play, film, and the recently released Phantom sequel, Love Never Dies. Phantom of the Opera: A Social History of the World’s Most Popular Musical analyzes interviews, articles, blog posts, and websites to fully understand just how the greatest story of all time became so embroiled in such grand controversies. Kendall-Tackett fully explores and explains just how Andrew Lloyd Webber’s greatest musical transcends generations, with a continual run of more than 31 years. Dr. Kendall-Tackett, a local Amarillo author, describes why she became interested in this story and decided to write the book.

“I first became interested in this story after seeing the movie version of Phantom. I was intrigued, but knew nothing about the production or any of the actors. When I went online, I was stunned to find huge controversy about the film that went on for years. I wanted to write the book then as I was fascinated by all these characters, but I just couldn’t do it at the time. I’m so glad I waited for the controversy around the film paled in comparison to the controversy around the Phantom sequel. Twelve people with a Facebook page challenged Andrew Lloyd Webber, a man with unlimited financial resources. It was amazing. I knew then that I needed to tell this story. Phantom of the Opera has been more successful than any other piece of entertainment in history. I wanted to tell the stories of the people behind it. It’s a fascinating tale.”

Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, is a health psychologist and author who has won many awards for her research. She wrote this book because she could never resist a good story. Phantom of the Opera: A Social History of the World’s Most Popular Musical is her 35th book. Dr. Kendall-Tackett is a Clinical Associate Professor at Texas Tech University School of Medicine and lives in Amarillo, Texas.

Phantom of the Opera: A Social History of the World’s Most Popular Musical is available on Amazon or at http://www.PraeclarusPress.com.

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